Tomorrow is the big day that I’ve been focused on preparing for over the past 18 weeks – the day that I’ll run my first postpartum half marathon since giving birth to little man five months ago. While I did complete Rock ‘n’ Roll DC back in March, I only ran eight miles as a training run, and then walked the rest, so I don’t count that has having run my first post baby half marathon. ZOOMA Annapolis has been the focus of my running and training since I was cleared to resume running at the end of January.
I’ll fully admit, I’m quite nervous about tomorrow’s race. While I know that it is a hilly course, and have been doing a lot of my training on hilly routes, I’m still nervous about how my body will hold up tomorrow. I’m also nervous about the weather. Although the current forecast for Annapolis is calling for it to be mostly cloudy during the day, there’s a chance of thunderstorms in the evening, which has me thinking that it’ll be quite humid during the race.
Even with how nervous I am about the race itself, there’s a lot that I’m looking forward to about this weekend, including:
1. Meeting up with a number of other bloggers and fellow ZOOMA ambassadors, including several fellow DC area bloggers in addition to several other bloggers whom I’ve only had the privilege of interacting with online so far.
2. Running in a new city. Though I’ve been to Annapolis several times, I’ve never run there before.
3. Traveling with Preston and little man for a little racecation. Though we’ll only be spending about 24 hours in Annapolis, we’re in need of a little getaway and time away from chores at home staring us in the face.
4. Celebrating post race with my little man. Although I plan to head to the start line on my own, we’ve specifically chosen to stay at a hotel near the start and finish line so that Preston and little man can walk over towards the end of the race and be with me after I cross the finish line.
5. Running my first postpartum half marathon. I’m guessing there might be a few tears at the finish line tomorrow morning.
With all of the excitement and nerves, I’m quite uncertain as to how Saturday morning will go. While I do hope it will go well, I also don’t want to walk away from the race disappointed, which is why I’ve set three very different time goals for myself for this race.
Goal A – Finish the race in under 2:19:39 (10:40 pace), which would also mean a half marathon PR. I know that in order for this to happen the stars would need to align perfectly. I’m not sure this is entirely realistic, since my current half marathon PR was run on a very flat course and the ZOOMA Annapolis course is far from flat.
Goal B – Finish the race in under 2:23:07 (10:55 pace). This is the pace that I completed my 14 miler two weeks ago at. Even though I ran my 14 miler on the treadmill, I tend to hold back when running on the treadmill, so even with adding hills I think this pace could be attainable.
Goal C – Finish the race in under 2:26:24 (11:10 pace). This goal is if I find that my body has trouble handling the hilly course and/or the weather. In all honesty, I’d really like to run a sub-11:00 minute/mile pace tomorrow, but will try to not be too hard on myself if I can’t manage that.
What I do know for certain is that its going to be an exciting weekend. Be sure to follow along with me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for updates throughout the weekend. I can’t wait to report back here next week and share how everything goes!
QOTD: What are you looking forward to about your next race?
As always, thank you to the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!) for hosting the weekly Friday Five Link Up. Be sure to check out their posts as well!